Broken Down Bench


“No one ever wakes up one day and says, “I want to become an addict or a prostitute.”

“She goes from one addiction to another. All are ways for her to not feel her feelings.”- Ellen Burstyn

We meet her on a street sitting on a broken down bench. She was soliciting herself to any man that would stop his car and offer her a price. Shame, rejection and hopelessness seemed to scream from within her. Her eyes were cold and lifeless, her body held marks of drug abuse.

We went up to her and asked if she would like a free manicure. Sitting there, painting her nails, with the men driving by, gave a sad glimpse into her life. She started telling us how she misses her children and all she wants is to be with them. It’s her drug addiction that keeps her on the streets. She first started using when she was 14; she took drugs to escape from the bad things that were happening in her life. It was a way to numb the pain – now she grieves over the fact that drugs have taken over her life. She sees no way of ever becoming free from her addictions.

Her story is like many of the women that I’ve met on the streets; inside each one of them there is a longing to stop prostituting and their drug addiction. No one ever wakes up one day and says, “I want to become an addict or a prostitute.” There are choices made by others and themselves that lead a person to that place.

Please pray for her; the girl on that broken bench and others like her. Pray that they would realize Jesus is the answer. Pray for the grace that saved us, to also reach to them.